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Well, Since You Asked Me: I Expect Florida To Turn Blue In 2018 (By John Dunson)

Key Take-Aways: I suspect that a lot of Puerto Ricans will continue to flock to Counties that make up the I4 Corridor. Thus, ensuring Orange and Hillsborough will pad their numbers. And that Pinellas should flip to Dems. I’d also keep an eye on Polk & Seminole flipping Democratic.

Dems only lost Seminole by 4K votes (109K – 105K). This would essentially lock up the I4 Corridor for Dems save for Volusia, which went for The IDIOT (142K – 108K)

But, the one that sticks out to me is Duval. This is where the 20% AA Disenfranchisement comes into play. The IDIOT won Duval by 6K votes. It’s literally unheard of for a Democratic Candidate to do that well in Duval.

In short, you flip the 29 Electoral Votes to Dems in Florida, it’s Game. Set. Match for Republicans. You combine it with AZ & TX, this explains why Republicans in Congress are acting the way they are.

To be fair, having piss poor Hispanic voter turnout HAS GOT TO CHANGE. The same with Asians.

In the 2016 Election, the turnout %’s were the following:

1. Whites = 65.3%
2. Blacks = 59.6%
3. Asians = 49.3%
4. Hispanics = 47.6%

To my Asian and Hispanic Peeps, DO BETTER. The burden can NOT be on Black People alone. No excuse for those Piss Poor Showings.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Did Paul Manafort Promise Banker White House Job? (Original Reporting by Tom Winter/Hallie Jackson/Kenzi Abou-Sabe for NBC News)

Key Take-Aways:  And the Strategic Strikes Continue.

I suspect this has everything to do with the new charges being filed under seal by Mueller for Manafort & Gates. It points to Manafort using his position with The IDIOT’s Campaign to work sweetheart deals for himself. I would be shocked if Mueller’s Team is not seeing this pattern throughout The IDIOT’s Team.  It appears the Campaign for them was essentially one long Con. Unfortunately, they got caught and folks are now beginning to sing like The Temptations.

This will increase the pressure on Mr. Manafort, However, I do not think it will matter to him. I think this is an indirect shot at Kushner and The IDIOT. I expect we will see more of these Strategic Strikes in the coming days.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Why Black Panther Is A Defining Moment (Original Reporting by Carvell Wallace for New York Magazine)

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Well, Since You Asked Me: Who Needs A Controversy Over The Inauguration? (Original Reporting by Chris Whipple)

Key Take-Aways: This will drive the News Cycle for the remainder of the week. Reince is singing like a Jay Bird. It’s a virtual guarantee that Mueller and Team vetted every word of this book. And the notes that Reince took will prove to be fatal to The IDIOT, Jared, and Ivanka.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther (Original Reporting by Jamil Smith)

If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you—executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless. Now, after a brief respite, you again have a President.

Those of us who are not white have considerably more trouble not only finding representation of ourselves in mass media and other arenas of public life, but also finding representation that indicates that our humanity is multi­faceted. Relating to characters onscreen is necessary not merely for us to feel seen and understood, but also for others who need to see and understand us. When it doesn’t happen, we are all the poorer for it.

This is one of the many reasons Black Panther is significant. What seems like just another entry in an endless parade of super­hero movies is actually something much bigger. It hasn’t even hit theaters yet and its cultural footprint is already enormous. It’s a movie about what it means to be black in both America and Africa—and, more broadly, in the world. Rather than dodge complicated themes about race and identity, the film grapples head-on with the issues affecting modern-day black life. It is also incredibly entertaining, filled with timely comedy, sharply choreographed action and gorgeously lit people of all colors. “You have superhero films that are gritty dramas or action comedies,” director Ryan Coogler tells TIME. But this movie, he says, tackles another important genre: “Superhero films that deal with issues of being of African descent.”

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Well, Since You Asked Me: Defending One’s Innocense By Association Can Be Taxing (Michael McCrimmon)

Key Take-Aways: Michael gets at the heart of the issues that most POC have with White Folks reactions to things when it occurs with someone that looks like them vs a POC. There always seem to be a, He’s such a good person. He’s done wonder things in his life. He deserves a second, third, forth, fifth chance. And yet, when it’s a POC – I knew something was wrong with him. And a long list of other “Opinions” stated as facts. Look no further than how The IDIOT protrays Terrorist events committed by Whites vs. POC. Striking the difference in tone and phrasing. 

It can be argued that a huge part of this falls at the feet of the MSM. They are quick to point, run stories of POC doing wrong. Put let a White Person shoot up a school. It’s immediately considered a Mental Health issue. 

So to sum up what Michael said so well in his Post. It’s past time for a large sect of White Folks to step up. Not doing so makes you complicit. And if such, we really have no further need to dialogue.

Well, Since You Asked Me: To Kill A Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Are No Longer Required Reading (Originally Reported By Lisa Kacske)

Key Take-Aways: I agree with this move. There are more recent and more importantly, more appropriate novels that can be substituted to convey the same or similar message. As long as the novels are still accessible to the students in the schools, I take no issue with this. Not to mention, we’ve cannonized both books with respect to important Southern Literature. I’d like to see more diverse offerings given a chance to add their voices. 

This is no slight against Harper Lee or Mark Twain. They are both deserving of all the accolades they receive. Let’s hope that other School Districts take similar steps.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Justin Timberlake and the rise of The LumberSexual (Original Reporting by Anne Helen Petersen)

Key Take-Away by Petersen:  Timberlake has long reminded me of the mischievous neighbor boys I grew up with. Maybe it’s the fact that I watched him grow up, alongside those boys, on the Mickey Mouse Club; maybe it’s the sense, woven through his comedy in particular, that there’s a small, playful devil on his shoulder. He’s not unlike Huckleberry Finn, who, like Timberlake, wanted to flee the burden of dealing with the racialized reality of the South: “I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest,” Huck famously said, “because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and civilize me, and I can’t stand it. I’ve been there before.” As Limerick explains, the West has long served this function: a “mechanism” to escape the “trials and burdens” of American civilization and the heavy tensions of the South in particular.

“The theory was the same,” Limerick writes, “the West is remote and vast; its isolation and distance will release us from conflict; this is where we can get away from each other.” The “Wild West, but now” is where we can get away from the internet and Twitter and Instagram, away from the hard questions that make us consider things we’d rather not. But that belief is as mythical as the rest that shape the West in the popular imagination, and Limerick has little patience for its perpetuation: “the workings of history carried the opposite lesson,” she writes. “The West is not where we escaped each other, but where we all met.” It’s where, in other words, the larger questions of privilege, whiteness, power, and masculinity seem to crystallize themselves in their most potent forms.

The great privilege of white masculinity has always been to avoid those questions. But these days, none of our contemporary Huck Finns — whether Donald Trump Jr., or Justin Timberlake — can excuse himself from those conversations without consequences. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Search For Jackie Wallace (Originally Reported By Ted Jackson for NOLA.com)

There are some stories that are painful to read. I vaguely remember Jackie Wallace. I pray that he finds peace. I pray that everyone struggling with any form of Addiction, find the strength and support they need to effectively deal with it. Sometimes we forget the struggle of others. Sometimes we have no idea of the toll playing a childhood game can have on so many. The costs for some are too high. We simply must do better.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Russia Probe Lawyers Think Mueller Could Indict The IDIOT (Original Reporting By Darren Samuelson)

Key Take-Aways: Mueller and Team have what they need to Indict on multiple charges. And they believe their case is very strong. I suspect that Indictments will also serve to show the severity of what Mueller and Team believes has occurred. 

The fact that this is coming from two Attorney’s from someone that is cooperating means that they have first hand knowledge of what Mueller and Team is sitting on. I suspect that this is the Attorney’s representing Priebus, Bannon and McGhan.

Moreover, by filing the Indictments, it puts the onus on The IDIOT and Les Miserables to have the discussion in PUBLIC. Something they will NOT want to do as it keeps #Russiagate in the News.  I also agree that the Indictments will occur in the coming weeks, as Mueller will want to avoid duplicating the missteps of Jim Comey and the 2016 Election.

The added benefit is it also forces the hands of This Congress to debate the matter with seriousness. I’d look to the Senate Intelligence Committee to come out in support of this move. I’d also look for Moderate Republicans and skittish Republicans to run away from The IDIOT in droves, effectively, making him Impeachable.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Yes, Devin Nunes Is That Dumb (Emma Loop)

Key Take-Away:  The Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA 22nd) Shitshow has crossed into the comedy realm now. One couldn’t act more guilty of malfeasance than Nunes. I expect that we will start hearing stories shortly about how a large percentage of his Net Worth is tied to Russian Money. Specifically, as it relates to his farming business. Regardless, I expect him to end up in prison. He has, with the the aid of Speaker Paul Ryan, destroyed one of the most sacred House Committees. That will be their legacy. I also expect the other ranking members of the Intelligence Committees to start publicly castigating him. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: Hope Hicks – Call Your Lawyer’s Office (Jo Becker/Mark Mazzetti/Matt Apuzzo/Maggie Haberman)

Key Take-Away:  Hope Hicks is going to prison. If the allegations as reported by The New York Times are accurate, and they appear to have multiple sources that can corroborate them, she’s not only complicit, she assisted in the destruction of evidence. And she can NOT claim Executive Privilige. Her actions speak to someone that is not only naive, but supremely stupid. I’d be shocked if she doesn’t try to cut a deal.  Mueller not only has witnesses, I’m fairly certain, he has tapes of her, emails and other documents.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Shearer Dossier (Stephanie Kirchgaessner/Nick Hopkins)

Key Take-Away:  Over the course of the coming days, there will be additional pieces like this dropped. A few will be international. Partly in response to the dereliction of duty that many allies feel is going on within the United States Congress. The ultimate goal is to so tarnish the reputation of The IDIOT, that he becomes too toxic to be associated with. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: Why The IDIOT & The GOP Can’t Quit Steve Wynn (Elaina Plott)

Key Take-Aways:  The Republican mantra of Do As I Say, Not As I Do, is on full display with Steve Wynn. They have been very reluctant to severe ties. Mainly because of the monies that he gives and bundles for them. It will be up to the Mainstream Media to hold them accountable and make them own their decisions. I am not convinced that they will.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Nine Questions About The IDIOT’s Businesses & Possible Conflicts Of Interest (David Fahrenthold/Jonathan O’Connell)

Key Take-Aways: It is clear that the Conflicts of Interest with this man are pervasive. It will be interesting to see what measures are enacted to avoid a repeat of this. It’s also clear that The IDIOT, his family and his friends are using the Government to prop up a string of failing businesses. Shame on us for allowing this to happen. At the end of this, a lot of folks will have to answer for their actions. It will not be pretty.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Secret Memo Hints At A New Republican Target – Rod Rosenstein (Nicholas Fandos/Adam Goldman/Sharon LaFraniere)

Key Take-Aways:  We are now at the stage where folks are throwing whatever they can in the arena. It’s actually pretty remarkable to see the desperation and the lengths they are willing to go. Consequences be damned. I think we can all agree that regardless of what comes from this, there needs to be a thorough cleansing of Congress. Folks simply need to be fired as they aren’t fit to serve. And Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS 1st), need to be top of the list. Their lack of Leadership during this period is beyond terrible.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Sought Release Of Classified Russia Memo (Ashley Parker/Rosalind Helderman/Josh Dawsey/Carol Leonning)

Key Take-Aways:  You start seeing stories like this when one side is losing very badly. And it’s not Mueller’s Team. Folks in the White House are now at the stage where they will begin to leak stories that paint them in sympathetic lights. They all want a soft landing spot when this shitshow is over. So I’d look for more background pieces like this. The fact that the IDIOT can’t seem to understand that the DOJ doesn’t work for him, but for the American Public has caused him to commit numerous acts of Obstruction of Justice. Either he’s incapable of grasping this or doesn’t care. And having his people go out and make the argument that it’s not really Obstruction because he didn’t go through with the firing, is ridiculous. And they know this.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Michigan State University/Betsy DeVos Scandal (Paul Lavigne)

Key Take-Aways:  I find it hard to believe how anyone associated with this stink can survive. It’s Penn State bad. Maybe worse, as it appears that the Leadership of MSU hasn’t really learned anything.

Some additional nuggets jump out at me. It appears that MSU was stalling in their attempt to provide the requested documentation to the DOE. And then it comes into existence, why. They were trying to shoehorn this suit into a newly enacted policy of Betsy DeVos.

More – when you dig a little deeper into this thing, one sees that DeVos was pretty cozy with MSU. Like substantial Endowments cozy. So cozy in fact, records show that on September 20th, Ms. DeVos met with former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. Two days later DeVos, enacted a policy to roll back Title IX protections for Sexual Assault victims on College Campuses. I suspect that this will break through in a huge way. I suspect that Ms. DeVos will find herself called before Congress to provide clarity around this. At a minimum, it reeks to high heaven.

Well, Since You Asked Me: John Kelly Report To The IDIOT’s Office (Maggie Haberman)

Key Take-Aways:  John Kelly is discoverying that life comes at you fast in The IDIOT’s Administration. He should have learned from EVERY other person that has out shown The IDIOT. It will hasten your exit stage left. The interviews he conducted last week, combined with the press he received from the #TrumpShutdown and being called President Kelly sealed the deal.

To add injury to insult, Ivanka has been given the job of trying to find his replacement. Ouch! Look for Kelly to be gone shortly after February 8, at the latest.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Rise Of Trumpvangelicals (William Barber, II/Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove)

Key Take-Aways:  Rev. Barber is a gifted speaker. His Moral Mondays are legendary, if you’re not familiar with them, please become so. And the speech he gave at the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be studied for years. This is a very nuanced and layered piece. It’s also dealing with a subject that needs to be discussed. It is past time we have a COME TO JESUS MEETING with White Evangelicals. Something is rotten amongst their ranks and needs to be rooted out for what it is.

And I love how he ALWAYS refers to JESUS as a brown-skinned Palestinian Jew. As we say in the community, show me where he lying!

Well, Since You Asked Me: Mueller Has His Man (Renato Mariotti)

Key Take-Away:  Renato lays out the case he believes Mueller has. And this is without all the facts that Mueller has. He’s simply using what’s in the public arena, and even that is quite damning. I’d also add that it’s obvious that Mueller felt compelled to move on this piece now to parry any additional attempts The IDIOT planned to make with respect to firing him. We also now have greater clarity into why allies of The IDIOT have been in a frenzy the last month or so. Should be a fun February.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Soul Of A Nation (Charles Blow)

Key Take-Away:  There is not much I disagree with Charles on and this column is no exception. He truly is one of the Shining Stars from this Shitshow. And if you’re not following him, you should.

Blow touches on something that every Person of Color knows to be true. If this mess or a hint of any of this mess had occurred while 44 was either contemplating, running or serving as POTUS, I have little doubt that he would have been removed from office. Possibly forcibly at that. 

The degrading that The IDIOT has inflicted on the Office and by extension the United States will take years to undo. Domestically and Internationally. I suspect that as soon as he’s removed, and a sensible Congress is elected, we’ll see some changes in who can run and what we must know about them, at a minimum.

In the meantime, we all sit back and wait on Mueller to do his job. And try without much success not to look too much at our watch.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Bill Kristol Unplugged (John Harwood)

Key Take-Away:  I’ve become a huge fan of this Bill Kristol. I find very little daylight between his views expressed here and what I would call Centrist Democrats. And I don’t believe that’s a bad thing at all. We simply have to have a Governing body and typically that has fallen to the Center of Both Parties to do. What we’re in right now, is NOT that. Will be interesting to see what becomes of folk like Kristol. Typically, the form very powerful coalitions with like-minded folk to drive policy. And for the record, anytime a man admits, on the record, that he might have been wrong, that’s evolution IMO.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The 2018 Midterms (Sean McElwee)

Key Take-Away:  A few years ago I stated that we would see, what is called The Obama Coalition, start running for office in 2018. We dedicated several posts to it. It was my position that a lot of the folks that were associated with the campaign simply needed to get their sea legs and more importantly get comfortable with using their voice. They needed to understand how their local politics worked and where they could best make an impact.

This has always been the biggest fear of the Big Money Republican Donors. That employees would take the salaries being earned at the companies of the Big Money Donors and use it against them.

And even though folks Poo-Poo’ed the results of Ossoff in GA06, he showed the Blueprint for what would be happening in Districts across America.

So you go from the lessons learned with Howard Dean to Barack Obama to the next man/woman up. You compete in EVERY State, EVERY District. You may not win them all, but you compete and you make Republicans EARN it. And spend a shit load of money doing so. That’s how you affect change. That’s how you win.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Hate That Is Revealing Obama’s Greatness (Jonathan Chait)

Key Take-Away:  It was widely expected that the more distance Obama got from his time in office, we’d have a greater appreciation for what he accomplished. We underestimated the speed which this would occur. Undoubtedly, it’s aided by the sheer dislike and incompetence of The IDIOT, but the fact remains, over time Obama will be judged as a very, very good POTUS. And fortunately the more we see of The IDIOT and his scandals, the more favorable Obama becomes. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: How The GOP Rigs Elections (Ari Berman)

Key Take-Away:  At some point voters will realize that Republicans simply don’t have good ideas. d if they don’t have good ideas, they can’t enact sound policy. We are seeing this is real time with the current Congress. Republicans have spent so much time learning how to cheat and get over, that they lack the basic fundamentals to govern. And sooner or later, this gets noticed. We’re seeing this now. And for their sake, they better pray that Dems aren’t petty when they regain control of Congress and State Houses. But if I were them, I wouldn’t count on it.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Skin In The Game (Ted Jauw)

I used to be a sous chef. Part of my job was ‘browning’ stuff. Butter and flour browned to make a sauce. Onions to caramelize and bring out the sweetness and mellow the harshness of white onions. Getting a nice brown or char on a piece of meat to bring out the flavor and seal in the juiciness.

Browning is what gives us flavor, texture, thickness, mouth feel as well as a certain eye appeal. I have serious reservations about a person who eats boiled chicken breasts without the skin. Seriously.

If you don’t already get the metaphor, I know I’m preaching to the thigh meat crowd here but just in case, let me be plain as that hard, tasteless, stringy and harsh chicken breast. The reason they want a wall and to deport Dreamers is that, after 350 years of being ‘Great’, they are the minority now.

They are outnumbered by brown people and can only ‘win’ if they skew the rules and unlevel the playing field. They are also outnumbered by women. Even LGBTQ people outnumber older conservative white males.

So, if you are asking me why DACA or the Wall needs to be tied to the Continuing Resolution, my answer is ‘It Doesn’t’ but what the ‘resolution’ continues, is a system of racist policy embedded in a party that has not presented a budget in seven years of ruling the Congress.

Only two of these many racist policies has the President offered to sign into law de facto, a part of some mythical budget they can’t get their shit together to produce. DACA and the Wall. So, this is why these are the issues being used to kick an empty can in no particular direction.

One more word about browning… My favorite meat of the chicken is the thigh meat. It has the most flavor, the most marbling, the most moisture, the most flavor and the most bone and blood to impart needed nutrients. The most skin… It has every color of meat from beige to dark brown.

Why a chicken has wings or a breast is beyond me but I’m sure they are important for some evolutionary reason I forgot around Middle Passage. Thighs are the hardest working part of the chicken. Eat what you want, but you gotta have thighs. At least, if you want me to come to your Party…

Well, Since You Asked Me: Rick Gates Has Flipped! (Katelyn Polantz)

Key Take- Away:  The Superceding Indictments indicates that Mueller and Team have additional charges they have prepared to file against Gates. I’d suspect Tax Evasion and a few others, at a minimum. The Bank records, specifically those from Cyprus, will probably come into play as well. They have have Gates’ wife dead to rights on transferring at least $1 Million to a brokerage account there. I suspect Gates is flipping to protect her.

This is VERY bad news for The IDIOT, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort. Gates gives them RICO/Money Laundering on all three, which is Act III. And he helps give cover to Mike Flynn regarding Conspiracy, which is Act II. The patterns of what Mueller and Team is doing is clear, if you know what to look for. It’s also pretty damn methodical and impressive. 

WSYAM Blog Post Presents: All The Pieces Matter – Dana Boente

All The Pieces Matter (Dana Boente): 10.27.17 It’s been a busy day today. But I wanted to add my take on the retirement/resignation or U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Virginia Dana Boente. However, before I do that, I Read More

Well, Since You Asked Me: Dana Boente To Become FBI General Counsel (Sari Horwitz/Matt Zapotosky)

Key Take-Away:  This is simply a brilliant move. Dana Boente will leave his post to become General Counsel for the FBI. That literally is the largest middle finger Wray could send to The IDIOT and Jeff Sessions. The man that got the ball rolling on #Russiagate and was the lead in leading the first wave of Grand Juries into #Russiagate, will now serve as GC of the FBI. I’m almost certain this move was orchestrated by Mueller, McCabe and Comey. This is simply a brilliant move.

Well, Since You Asked Me: It’s Mueller Time! (Carol Leoning/Josh Dawsey)

Key Take-Away:  IT’S GO TIME FOLKS! Time to put an end to This Administration. It’s my understanding that Obstruction of Justice is locked in and has been for six months. It’s my understanding that Mueller and Team want to go ahead and close this piece out. You also see now why Rep. Devin Nunes has been in a panic lately.

As I’ve said for months, this was a Three Act Play. We’re now getting ready to begin Act 1. The purpose of this is to get Impeachment over and done with. The more serious charges await.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Jeff Sessions Is Interviewed By Mueller Regarding #Russiagate

Key Take-Away:  It goes without saying that the lying Sessions did in front of the Congressional Intelligence Committees didn’t bode well for him heading into this meeting. It will be interesting to see the fallout from what he shared. Not a lot of details are known yet. But this news, combined with the Wray news, is not good for him. And points to some strategic leaks by Mueller and Team.

Well, Since You Asked Me: FBI Director, Christopher Wray, Threatened To Resign Amid Pressure From The IDIOT And Jeff Sessions (Devlin Barrett/Philip Rucker)

Key Take-Away:  This is a huge deal. In his actions Wray shows his loyalty is to the FBI and he could give two shits what The IDIOT and Jeff Sessions thinks. This will win him respect from the ranks. It also makes him untouchable. On the flip side, it is again quite obvious that Jeff Sessions needs to resign. He’s compromised and making decisions to save his job instead of doing what’s best for the Country. Lastly, it underscores that The IDIOT is done. Wray has seen enough to know what Mueller and Team are working with.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Ten Take-Aways From #TrumpShutdown Ending (Jennifer Rubin)

Key Take-Away:  These are some good Take-Aways. I think the Foreign Affairs angle is spot on. And I predict it will come back to bite us in the ass. The Filibuster Proofing Angle is worth watching. I think they have at least 70 votes +. I also agree this puts enormous pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he’s essentially a lame-duck. If he wants to leave a legacy, he might just buck the Freedom Caucus.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Democrats Didn’t Cave On #TrumpShutdown (Ezra Klein)

Key Take-Away:  There is not one point Ezra makes I can take issue with. The Primary goal was funding of CHIP. That was accomplished. The Second Goal was keeping Immigration Reform in the news. That was accomplished. The Third Goal was protecting the flank of those 10 Senators up for Re-election in 2018 in states The IDIOT won. That was accomplished. The Fourth Goal was getting some assurances from Sen. Mitch McConnell of Regular Order on Immigration Reform. That was accomplished. The Final Goal was creating Triangulation amongst The Republican House, The Republican Senate and The Republican White House. That was accomplished. 

I understand I’m looking at this from a Center Left POV. But that’s my Worldview. I’m Pragmatic/Moderate. I also understand that Progressives, in General, will either hate this deal or be lukewarm to it. I understand. My comment would be that Elections Have Consequences. And very rarely does the Party not in control of power get its way. So stay engaged. Stay enraged. And keep holding folk accountable, even when they make choices you disagree with.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Complicates Everything He Comes In Contact With (Julie Hirschfeld Davis/Maggie Haberman)

Key Take-Away:  Ouch! This article is a continuation of the piece from the day before with additional details. I will say it again, The IDIOT is in way over his head. This is complicated by his deteriorating mental capacity, which makes him ripe for the picking. This is a brutal piece.

We are seeing why some folks chose to go to work for him. They simply would not have this much involvement in crafting legislation in other Administration. Power corrupts. And power, unchecked, is deadly. It’s time we pull the plug on this shitshow.

Well, Since You Asked Me: They Went To Jared (Adam Entous/Evan Osnos)

Key Take-Away:  It is clear that Jared Kushner is in way over his head. It is also clear that This Family has used whatever means they can to enrich themselves. I suspect from the belief that they realize this is not going to end well for most of them. And also understanding that they never imagined the opportunity would present itself. Regardless, the clawback of the assets gained during this time, will be very interesting to follow.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Is Mired In A Familiar Crisis (Julie Hirschfeld Davis/Maggie Haberman)

Key Take-Away: The mental instability of The IDIOT is center stage in these negotiations. I come back to the central theme that John Kelly and Stephen Miller, along with Congressional leaders, are content with this situation. They have immensely more power than they would have in a normally functioning Administration. This is simply not normal and they represent Exhibit A-Z of folks using this situation for their personal benefit. It will be extremely interesting to see what happens as The IDIOT’s approval continues to fall.

The fact that this man is reliving his past and is filled with an unhealthy obsession with Barack Obama speaks volumes. I suspect that he’s in a very foul mood right now and will explode at some point over the next week. If I’m Mueller and Team, I might just assist those efforts along with some strategic story leaks or an arrest. Primarily because The IDIOT appears to be spiraling, and the folks that should be providing guidance and counsel are so focused on consolidating their power that they refuse to deal with the situation as it exists. This presents a ripe opportunity to create a wedge.

Well, Since You Asked Me: ABC/Washington Post Poll Finds That Folks Really Don’t Like The IDIOT (Dan Balz/Scott Clement)

Key Take-Away:  If these numbers remain the same for the next 9 months, there is no way this Administration or the Republican led Congress survives. I suspect theses numbers will get slightly worse. The numbers that jump out to me is the enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats. Coupled with 62% of Independents thinking The IDIOT hasn’t accomplished much is brutal. Not to mention, giving more credit for the good Economy to Obama. There is simply not a lot The IDIOT and Les Miserables can hang their hats on as positive. I guess one could make an argument that the reduction in Federal Employees and Regulations is a positive. But this is blunted by the unpopularity of the Tax Cut. Immigration Reform is 50/50 argument. The killing of the Affordable Care Act number is BRUTAL. I see Immigration Reform and ACA as Base arguments. Meaning, they gin up the excitement level of the the Base of each party. Hard to see how that’s a winning argument for Republicans when coupled with the enthusiasm gap.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Like Negotiating With Jello (Ashley Parker/Josh Dawsey/Ed O’Keefe)

Key Take-Away:  This is superb reporting by The Washington Post. They saw Politico’s piece and topped it. Adding some key corrections. It’s obvious that they spoke with John Kelly and had him refute that it was he that killed the deal and was all McConnell’s and Ryan’s doing. Ouch. This reporting also underscores that The IDIOT is simply not all there mentally. You simply can’t do business in good faith with someone like that. I suspect we’ll get some additional deets in the coming days. I would also look for any resolution to come from the Moderate wing of both Parties.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA 7th) Used Taxpayer Money To Settle Sexual Harassment Suit (Katie Rogers/Kenneth Vogel)

Key Take-Away:  This presents Democrats with a good pickup opportunity. I expect this seat to flip. The bigger issue is that members of Congress are being exposed on both sides of the aisles for their egregious conduct. More power to the women coming forward. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT’s Economic Scorecard – One Year In (Chuck Jones)

Key Take-Away:  In short, The IDIOT inherited a good Economy. He’s built on it in some aspects. And woefully underachieved in others. They’ve hung their hat on the rise in the Stock Market. Yet, it has under performed relative to The Obama Years. Still, it remains in great shape. The problem lies in the question of will Companies invest in People, Technology or Dividends To Shareholders. We will not know that answer before the end of Q2 (June 2018). I am also interested in how the Market will respond on Monday if the #TrumpShutdown is still going on. Regardless, we should know a lot more in two weeks.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Pink Wave Coming In 2018 (Charlotte Alter)

Broadside #59-2018 ****** Pink Wave Coming In 2018 (Charlotte Alter) Erin Zwiener returned to Texas to settle down. At 32, she had published a children’s book, won Jeopardy! three times and ridden roughly 1,400 miles from the Mexico border up Read More

Well, Since You Asked Me: Tick-Tock To #TrumpShutdown (Burgess Everett/Rachel Bade/Eliana Johnson/Seung Min Kim)

Key Take-Away: This is what quality reporting looks like. Bravo Politico Reporters. John Kelly is a problem. It is quite clear that Republicans want the #TrumpShutdown to occur. It is also quite clear that The IDIOT is not respected. If you’re President, you don’t agree to Bipartisan Deals TWICE in one week and have them killed by your staff. Now you have your reason why John Kelly is still COS and hasn’t resigned. He and Stephen Miller along with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS 1st) are running the Government. Having an ineffective, clueless POTUS allows them to enact the policies they want. This is pretty much a Coup.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Devin Nunes, Russia and WikiLeaks (Natasha Bertrand)

Key Take-Away:  It’s time that they go ahead a leak whatever it is that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA 22nd) is working overtime to prevent. He’s at comedic levels of stupidity at this point. And appears to do nothing else with his time. California you can do better than this Buffoon.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Can The GOP Govern? (Damian Paletta/Erica Werner)

Key Take-Away:  I have said for years that the Republican Party is NOT a Governing Party. They are a Campaigning Party. A Party that is great at Opposition. But they have been exposed as outright frauds with respect to positions that had been considered Core. It doesn’t help that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS 1st District) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are woefully incompetent. I expect that regardless of what happens today or the coming days, they will pay a severe price in 2018. And deservedly so.

Well, Since You Asked Me: My Affair With The IDIOT (Stormy Daniels)

Key Take-Away:  The amount of dirt coming out regarding The IDIOT is astounding. This simply is a MASSIVE failure on the part of the MSM in properly vetting this man and airing all of this year’s ago. It’s not like this stuff was not known> But the fascination with Hillary’s emails was just too much. I will not comment on the sex life of The IDIOT or his marriage. I will say that it’s now evident that the stuff Vladimir Putin has on him has to be far worse than any of us know or are willing to acknowledge. My sense is the constant drip of messiness will make sane voters punish the Republican Party severely. Based on early returns, I’m confident that this will be the case.

WSYAM Blog Presents: All The Pieces Matter – Russiagate Breadcrumbs Galore! (Natasha Bertrand)

All The Pieces Matter:  Russiagate Breadcrumbs Galore! (Natasha Bertrand) The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released the transcript of the panel’s November interview with Glenn Simpson, the cofounder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The House investigators’ line of questioning Read More

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Kremlin Purged Suspected Spies After Dossier Release (Betsy Woodruff/Julia Arciga)

Key Take-Away:  One of the under reported stories is The IDIOT’s primary reason for investing in Golf Courses. It’s not because he loves golf. It is because it is a great way to Launder Money. In some ways, it’s like a Car Wash for Drug Dealers. I suspect that Mueller and Team will want to pay particular interest in his development of International Golf Courses in Ireland and Scotland; as well as, Doral in Miami.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Arrest Warrant Out For The IDIOT’s Former Adviser Sebastian Gorka (Hayes Brown)

Key Take-Away: Sebastian Gorka is a very dangerous man. He was fired from The White House shortly have John Kelly arrived, in large part because of his affinity and relationship with racist groups. The fact that he wasn’t vetted thoroughly by The IDIOT and Les Miserables speaks volumes.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The FBI Investigating Russian Money Link From NRA To The IDIOT (Peter Stone/Greg Gordon)

Key Take-Away:  This will bear a LOT of fruit. As I said, the rot runs VERY deep. And the Russian Money was in every corridor of the Republican Apparatus. A lot of big names looked the other way on this, for essentially what will amount to a Supreme Court Seat and one year of Tax Cuts. The Cost will be the demise of the Republican Party for a Generation.

Well, Since You Asked Me: John Kelly Is Now Steve Bannon (Jonathan Swan)

Key Take-Away:  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is learning that no one upstages The IDIOT.  Anyone with a brain knows The IDIOT just says whatever he believes will win him the day. He doesn’t think things through. The Wall being a clear example. I’d look for The IDIOT to be in an extra saucy mood today as he’s feeling the pressure of Mueller and Team closing in.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Inside The Room – What Steve Bannon Told Congress On Yesterday (Jonathan Swan)

Key Take-Away: Bannon is going to sing like a canary to Mueller. Will be interesting to see when he has to go back before the House Intelligence Committee. They are leaking like a sieve.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Is Signaling For A Terrorist Attack To Occur (Michael Scherer/Josh Dawsey/Sean Sullivan)

Key Take-Away:  We are now at the stage were we can’t rule out anything occurring between now and November 2018. This includes a Terrorist Attack of some kind. It has not gone unnoticed that when this Administration has several weeks of very tough coverage, some type of Terror event occurs. Usually, it’s conducted by a Lone Wolf of some sort. In this piece, The IDIOT pretty much signals this will be the play for saving the 2018 Midterms. It will be interesting to see how the public responds. My sense is – any attack will be viewed with skepticism. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: Suspicious Activity Reports (Jason Leopold/Anthony Cormier)

Key Take-Away:  My suspicions are that these funds were used as Walking Around Money and/or Monies used to donate to Republican Political Candidates. I suspect that some of this money ended up in The IDIOT’s Campaign. Either way, we are Deep Down the Money Trail, with Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee having a shitload of receipts. Great reporting by Leopold and Cormier; as well as, Buzzfeed.

Also, hearing that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) see this as career defining for both. They will be the lead Senators in bringing down The IDIOT and Les Miserables. A great job of putting Country before Party. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: The FBI Pays Steve Bannon A Home Visit (Hallie Jackson, Kristen Welker, Julia Ainsley)

Key Take-Away:  As expected and speculated upon, he’s fully cooperating with Mueller and Team. I suspect the source is Mr. Burck.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Killing Of The Trump Brand (Arwa Mahdawi)

Key Take-Away: I’ve been saying for the past two years that The IDIOT was using his frequent visits to Trump Properties to juice the books, cash flow his lifestyle, and payoff Melania. By going to Trump Only Properties every few days, it ensures traffic to the location,  not only from the Traveling Press Corps, but from Businesses looking to curry favor. But make no mistake, The Trump Brand is Dead.

WSYAM Blog Presents: All The Pieces Matter: Secret Money (Thomas Frank)

All The Pieces Matter: Secret Money (Thomas Frank) More than one-fifth of Donald Trump’s US condominiums have been purchased since the 1980s in secretive, all-cash transactions that enable buyers to avoid legal scrutiny by shielding their finances and identities, a Read More

Well, Since You Asked Me: Russians Flock To Trump Properties To Give Birth To U.S. Citizens (Katie Zavadski)

Key Take-Away: This is one of the ways that The IDIOT has been laundering money in Florida. Up to 90% of the Properties in Sunny Isles is owned via Shell Corps. The Miami-Herald and Palm-Beach Post have done some excellent reporting on this. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: Trump Towers – A Dictator’s Home Away From Home (Betsy Woodruff/Tim Mak)

Key Take-Away:  I have said for over a year that the State of New York RICO/Money Laundering Charges are the ones that will ultimately strip The IDIOT of all his possessions and bring him down. I stand by statement.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Two Senators Do Backflips To Protect A Racist President (Jennifer Rubin)

Key Take-Away from Rubin:  To many Americans, Trump is a flat-out racist. The danger for everyone with an “R” after his or her name is that the public may conclude the same is true for the Republican Party as a whole. When Cotton and Perdue act this way, they reinforce the image that the GOP is the party of and for whites.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Is A Racist. Period! (Charles Blow)

Key Take-Away from Charles:  And finally, we have to stop giving a pass to the people — whether elected official or average voter — who support and defend his racism. If you defend racism you are part of the racism. It doesn’t matter how much you say that you’re an egalitarian, how much you say that you are race blind, how much you say that you are only interested in people’s policies and not their racist polemics.

As the brilliant James Baldwin once put it: “I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.” When I see that in poll after poll a portion of Trump’s base continues to support his behavior, including on race, I can only conclude that there is no real daylight between Trump and his base. They are part of his racism.

When I see the extraordinary hypocrisy of elected officials who either remain silent in the wake of Trump’s continued racist outbursts or who obliquely condemn him, only to in short order return to defending and praising him and supporting his agenda, I see that there is no real daylight between Trump and them either. They too are part of his racism.

When you see it this way, you understand the enormity and the profundity of what we are facing. There were enough Americans who were willing to accept Trump’s racism to elect him. There are enough people in Washington willing to accept Trump’s racism to defend him. Not only is Trump racist, the entire architecture of his support is suffused with that racism. Racism is a fundamental component of the Trump presidency.

Well, Since You Asked Me: When You Left, You Took All of Me With You – Part 6/6 (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Key Take-Away from Coates:  A few hours after I saw this file, I had my last conversation with the president. I asked him how his optimism was holding up, given Trump’s victory. He confessed to being surprised at the outcome but said that it was tough to “draw a grand theory from it, because there were some very unusual circumstances.” He pointed to both candidates’ high negatives, the media coverage, and a “dispirited” electorate. But he said that his general optimism about the shape of American history remained unchanged. “To be optimistic about the long-term trends of the United States doesn’t mean that everything is going to go in a smooth, direct, straight line,” he said. “It goes forward sometimes, sometimes it goes back, sometimes it goes sideways, sometimes it zigs and zags.”I thought of Hoover’s FBI, which harassed three generations of black activists, from Marcus Garvey’s black nationalists to Martin Luther King Jr.’s integrationists to Huey Newton’s Black Panthers, including my father. And I thought of the enormous power accrued to the presidency in the post-9/11 era—the power to obtain American citizens’ phone records en masse, to access their emails, to detain them indefinitely. I asked the president whether it was all worth it. Whether this generation of black activists and their allies should be afraid.“Keep in mind that the capacity of the NSA, or other surveillance tools, are specifically prohibited from being applied to U.S. citizens or U.S. persons without specific evidence of links to terrorist activity or, you know, other foreign-related activity,” he said. “So, you know, I think this whole story line that somehow Big Brother has massively expanded and now that a new president is in place it’s this loaded gun ready to be used on domestic dissent is just not accurate.”He counseled vigilance, “because the possibility of abuse by government officials always exists. The issue is not going to be that there are new tools available; the issue is making sure that the incoming administration, like my administration, takes the constraints on how we deal with U.S. citizens and persons seriously.”

This answer did not fill me with confidence. The next day, President-Elect Trump offered Lieutenant General Michael Flynn the post of national-security adviser and picked Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama as his nominee for attorney general. Last February, Flynn tweeted, “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL” and linked to a YouTube video that declared followers of Islam want “80 percent of humanity enslaved or exterminated.” Sessions had once been accused of calling a black lawyer “boy,” claiming that a white lawyer who represented black clients was a disgrace to his race, and joking that he thought the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.” I felt then that I knew what was coming—more Freddie Grays, more Rekia Boyds, more informants and undercover officers sent to infiltrate mosques.And I also knew that the man who could not countenance such a thing in his America had been responsible for the only time in my life when I felt, as the first lady had once said, proud of my country, and I knew that it was his very lack of countenance, his incredible faith, his improbable trust in his countrymen, that had made that feeling possible. The feeling was that little black boy touching the president’s hair. It was watching Obama on the campaign trail, always expecting the worst and amazed that the worst never happened. It was how I’d felt seeing Barack and Michelle during the inauguration, the car slow-dragging down Pennsylvania Avenue, the crowd cheering, and then the two of them rising up out of the limo, rising up from fear, smiling, waving, defying despair, defying history, defying gravity.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Letter From A Birmingham Jail (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Broadside #38-2018 ******* Letter From A Birmingham Jail (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)   Key Take-Away: There are many Scholars that debate where this letter ranks in the Cannon of Dr. King’s offerings. It is my favorite. It lays out Read More

Well, Since You Asked Me: They Rode The Tiger – Part 5/6 (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Key Take-Away from Coates: There are no clean victories for black people, nor, perhaps, for any people.

Yet in 2012, as in 2008, Obama won anyway. Prior to the election, Obama, ever the optimist, had claimed that intransigent Republicans would decide to work with him to advance the country. No such collaboration was in the offing. Instead, legislation ground to a halt and familiar themes resurfaced. An Idaho GOP official posted a photo on Facebook depicting a trap waiting for Obama. The bait was a slice of watermelon. The caption read, “Breaking: The secret service just uncovered a plot to kidnap the president. More details as we get them …” In 2014, conservatives assembled in support of Cliven Bundy’s armed protest against federal grazing fees. As reporters descended on the Bundy ranch in Nevada, Bundy offered his opinions on “the Negro.” “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton,” Bundy explained. “And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

That same year, in the wake of Michael Brown’s death, the Justice Department opened an investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri. It found a city that, through racial profiling, arbitrary fines, and wanton harassment, had exploited law enforcement for the purposes of municipal plunder. The plunder was sanctified by racist humor dispensed via internal emails among the police that later came to light. The president of the United States, who during his first year in office had reportedly received three times the number of death threats of any of his predecessors, was a repeat target.

Much ink has been spilled in an attempt to understand the Tea Party protests, and the 2016 presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, which ultimately emerged out of them. One theory popular among (primarily) white intellectuals of varying political persuasions held that this response was largely the discontented rumblings of a white working class threatened by the menace of globalization and crony capitalism. Dismissing these rumblings as racism was said to condescend to this proletariat, which had long suffered the slings and arrows of coastal elites, heartless technocrats, and reformist snobs. Racism was not something to be coolly and empirically assessed but a slander upon the working man. Deindustrialization, globalization, and broad income inequality are real. And they have landed with at least as great a force upon black and Latino people in our country as upon white people. And yet these groups were strangely unrepresented in this new populism.

Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto, political scientists at the University of Washington and UCLA, respectively, have found a relatively strong relationship between racism and Tea Party membership. “Whites are less likely to be drawn to the Tea Party for material reasons, suggesting that, relative to other groups, it’s really more about social prestige,” they say. The notion that the Tea Party represented the righteous, if unfocused, anger of an aggrieved class allowed everyone from leftists to neoliberals to white nationalists to avoid a horrifying and simple reality: A significant swath of this country did not like the fact that their president was black, and that swath was not composed of those most damaged by an unquestioned faith in the markets. Far better to imagine the grievance put upon the president as the ghost of shambling factories and defunct union halls, as opposed to what it really was—a movement inaugurated by ardent and frightened white capitalists, raging from the commodities-trading floor of one of the great financial centers of the world.

That movement came into full bloom in the summer of 2015, with the candidacy of Donald Trump, a man who’d risen to political prominence by peddling the racist myth that the president was not American. It was birtherism—not trade, not jobs, not isolationism—that launched Trump’s foray into electoral politics. Having risen unexpectedly on this basis into the stratosphere of Republican politics, Trump spent the campaign freely and liberally trafficking in misogyny, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. And on November 8, 2016, he won election to the presidency.

Historians will spend the next century analyzing how a country with such allegedly grand democratic traditions was, so swiftly and so easily, brought to the brink of fascism. But one needn’t stretch too far to conclude that an eight-year campaign of consistent and open racism aimed at the leader of the free world helped clear the way.

“They rode the tiger. And now the tiger is eating them,” David Axelrod, speaking of the Republican Party, told me. That was in October. His words proved too optimistic. The tiger would devour us all.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Black Panther Has Hit Record PreSales A Month Before Release (Marissa Muller)

Key Take-Away:  Go Support Black Artists. Let’s Make this the biggest opening in Marvel Studios History.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The President Who Doesn’t Read (David Graham)

Key Take-Away from Graham:  The refusal to read, and the resulting limits of Trump’s understanding of complicated issues, doesn’t mean that every decision he makes is bad. Indeed, it can be liberating—allowing him to act on instinct, even in the face of expert reservations. My colleague Krishnadev Calamur, for example, writes that the anger that led the White House to freeze aid to Pakistan this week is understandable. But the shaky grasp of the underlying currents means Trump is more likely to blunder on any given case, and Trump’s misstatements and missteps earn him mockery and undermine his stature around the world. Perhaps no single area better summarizes Trump’s strange tendency than his press shop. He was reportedly driven to distraction by Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s ill-fitting suits and bumbling demeanor, and eventually Spicer was pushed out in favor of Sarah Sanders, a calmer and more commanding force in the Brady Room. But in its written work, the White House press team continues to commit errors and gaffes and issue typo-flecked statements. While most problems faced by presidential administrations are incredibly complex, the solution to problems caused by a president who does not read is fairly simple: He ought to start reading. Simple and easy are very different matters, though, and expecting a man who has always preferred chatting and watching television to the printed word to become a reader at 71 would be foolish. There’s no Trump pivot, especially not to the bookshelf.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Flushes Away America’s Reputation (N.Y. Times Editorial Board)

Key Take-Away: The Failing New York Times really doesn’t like The IDIOT. And I can’t blame them. They know him better than any other Paper. So they have a pretty good idea of what type of Scum his is. He knows this as well. I’m actually pretty shocked by some of the positive press they’ve given him.  It could be a lot worse.

Well, Since You Asked Me: You Still Gotta Go Back To The Hood – Part 4/6 (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Key Take-Away from Coates:  Obama saw—at least at that moment, before the election of Donald Trump—a straight path to that world. “Just play this out as a thought experiment,” he said. “Imagine if you had genuine, high-quality early-childhood education for every child, and suddenly every black child in America—but also every poor white child or Latino [child], but just stick with every black child in America—is getting a really good education. And they’re graduating from high school at the same rates that whites are, and they are going to college at the same rates that whites are, and they are able to afford college at the same rates because the government has universal programs that say that you’re not going to be barred from school just because of how much money your parents have. “So now they’re all graduating. And let’s also say that the Justice Department and the courts are making sure, as I’ve said in a speech before, that when Jamal sends his résumé in, he’s getting treated the same as when Johnny sends his résumé in. Now, are we going to have suddenly the same number of CEOs, billionaires, etc., as the white community? In 10 years? Probably not, maybe not even in 20 years.“ But I guarantee you that we would be thriving, we would be succeeding. We wouldn’t have huge numbers of young African American men in jail. We’d have more family formation as college-graduated girls are meeting boys who are their peers, which then in turn means the next generation of kids are growing up that much better. And suddenly you’ve got a whole generation that’s in a position to start using the incredible creativity that we see in music, and sports, and frankly even on the streets, channeled into starting all kinds of businesses. I feel pretty good about our odds in that situation.”

The thought experiment doesn’t hold up. The programs Obama favored would advance white America too—and without a specific commitment to equality, there is no guarantee that the programs would eschew discrimination. Obama’s solution relies on a goodwill that his own personal history tells him exists in the larger country. My own history tells me something different. The large numbers of black men in jail, for instance, are not just the result of poor policy, but of not seeing those men as human. When President Obama and I had this conversation, the target he was aiming to reach seemed to me to be many generations away, and now—as President-Elect Trump prepares for office—seems even many more generations off. Obama’s accomplishments were real: a $1 billion settlement on behalf of black farmers, a Justice Department that exposed Ferguson’s municipal plunder, the increased availability of Pell Grants (and their availability to some prisoners), and the slashing of the crack/cocaine disparity in sentencing guidelines, to name just a few. Obama was also the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. There was a feeling that he’d erected a foundation upon which further progressive policy could be built. It’s tempting to say that foundation is now endangered. The truth is, it was never safe.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT’s New Rock Bottom (Chris Cillizza)

Key Take-Away from Cillizza:  Let me remind you in case you have forgotten: This is the President of the United States we are talking about. The President of ALL 300 million people — not just the ones who voted for Trump and who might respond well to his “shithole” comments. The President of a country literally built on the idea of a melting pot of immigrants. The discussion of whether this will resonate with Trump’s base then is deeply cynical and totally misses the point. There need to be things that are right and things that are wrong, things that we can all agree we should do or not do. Whether or not these things have some political resonance with some group of people is immaterial. We are talking about the President of the United States here! Not some fringe talk radio host? Not some blogger. The single most powerful person in the country. The symbol of the United States to the rest of the world. Whether or not you voted for Trump, whether or not you still support him, whether or not you think this “shithole” comment will land well with his base, you need to acknowledge that voicing views like these is simply wrong. It is, quite literally, anti-American. Period. Full Stop.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT And The Porn Star (Marlow Stern/Aurora Snow)

Key Take-Away: I have a standing position that I never talk about someone’s sex life or marriage. The ONLY exceptions are if it advances the story. Well this one does just that.

I was aware of the various stories for years. This is an OPEN Secret. I’m not surprised the Clinton Campaign didn’t go anywhere near it, considering their past issues.

Anyway, enjoy.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Russian Hackers Are Laying The Groundwork To Spy On U.S. Senate (Natasha Bertrand)

Key Take-Away: It’s obvious that Russia is engaging in Cyber Warfare. I’d look for the U.S. to move to start freezing the Assets of the Russian Oligarchs. It’s quite obvious that Russia or Agents of Russia are using Hacked emails to Blackmail certain current Senators. It might be in their best interests to retire or resign. Especially, if it precludes them from effectively doing their duties.

I think Russian meddling in the elections of Multiple Countries have made them a Prime Target for Like-Minded Nations to impose stiff sanctions. Unfortunately, having a Compromised IDIOT in The White House might relegate the United States to a Passive Observer role, initially. And that’s a shame.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Mueller Adds Veteran Cyber Prosecutor To Special-Counsel Team (Matt Zapotosky)

Key Take-Away:  This was a move that sort of flew under the radar of most folks. A lot of the backend Investigative work was being done by U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s Team in the Eastern District of Virgnia. Dickey was a Key Member of that Team. With Boente’s retirement in the coming weeks, I’d look for Mueller to begin to bring more of Boente’s Key Members onto his Team. In short, they’ve been working together for almost a year. This just makes it Official. 

I’d also look at Dana Boente becoming a Key Witness against The IDIOT with respect to Obstruction of Justice Charges. Smart moves all around, while chaos reigns on the other end of town. Mueller & Team keeps their head down, getting the work done.

Well, Since You Asked Me: I Decided To Become Part of That World – Part 3/6 (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

”Key Take-Away from Coates:  What Obama was able to offer white America is something very few African Americans could—trust. The vast majority of us are, necessarily, too crippled by our defenses to ever consider such a proposition. But Obama, through a mixture of ancestral connections and distance from the poisons of Jim Crow, can credibly and sincerely trust the majority population of this country. That trust is reinforced, not contradicted, by his blackness. Obama isn’t shuffling before white power (Herman Cain’s “shucky ducky” act) or flattering white ego (O. J. Simpson’s listing not being seen as black as a great accomplishment). That, too, is defensive, and deep down, I suspect, white people know it. He stands firm in his own cultural traditions and says to the country something virtually no black person can, but every president must: “I believe you.”

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Calls Haiti, El Salvador and African Countries Shithole Countries (Josh Dawsey)

Key Take-Away:  It is quite obvious that The IDIOT has lost his mind and is deteriorating quickly under the pressure of prison and Mueller. It’s also quite obvious that he is a RACIST. At this pace, he’s weeks away from showing up at the Oval in his pajamas. I think I speak for the Nation, when I beg of Robert Mueller to put The IDIOT out of his and our misery.

Well, Since You Asked Me: 50 Years Ago In Photos – A Look Back At 1968 (Alan Taylor)

Key Take-Away: There is literally nothing I can add to this. Simply amazing. We plan to post these for every year leading from 1968 to 2018. It will be amazing having all those images at your fingertips.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Lowest White Man (Charles Blow)

Key Take-Away from Blow:  In his essay “Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880,” W.E.B. Du Bois discussed why poor whites didn’t make common cause with poor blacks and slaves but instead prized their roles as overseers and slave catchers, eagerly joining the Klan. This fed the white man’s “vanity because it associated him with the masters,” Du Bois wrote.

He continued:

“Slavery bred in the poor white a dislike of Negro toil of all sorts. He never regarded himself as a laborer, or as part of any labor movement. If he had any ambition at all it was to become a planter and to own ‘niggers.’ To these Negroes he transferred all the dislike and hatred which he had for the whole slave system. The result was that the system was held stable and intact by the poor white.”

For white supremacy to be made perfect, the lowest white man must be exalted above those who are black.

No matter how much of an embarrassment and a failure Trump proves to be, his exploits must be judged a success. He must be deemed a correction to Barack Obama and a superior choice to Hillary Clinton. White supremacy demands it. Patriarchy demands it. Trump’s supporters demand it.

Well, Since You Asked Me: GOP May Skip Budget for 2018 (Rachael Bade/Sarah Ferris)

Key Take-Away:  If the GOP is unable to pass a 2018 Budget it will pretty much cement their total ouster in the Midterms. They have ONE job. They control BOTH Houses of Congress. They control the Office of the President. It speaks to the underlying belief that The Republican Party writ large has no business leading any form of Government. They are simply incapable of Governing. They are an Opposition Party Only. And the last few years should now make this crystal clear. It’s time for them to take a long walk into the Wilderness. And let the Adults run the Country.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Why Republicans Love Dumb Presidents (Jonathan Chait)

Key Take-Away:  There seems to be this thing with Republicans. Where they are fixated on folks that speak and act like them.  The Everyday Man/Woman.

With All Disrespect – Some of you are IDIOTS.

Just like I wouldn’t hire you to install a light fixture, I wouldn’t hire you to run a Country. I could give a rat’s ass if I deemed you worthy of sharing a libation with. That’s NOT the job. The Job is about who is the most qualified person to help steer this Nation in times of Strife and in times of Success. I want someone that has the mental dexterity of Obama and the charm of Clinton. Someone who understands who/he or she is BEFORE they enter the Office of President. Someone that will surround himself/herself with people just as or in most cases many times smarter than he/she is. People that will provide The President with ALL available options and the fallout from said options. So that he/she can make the best decision after they’ve marinated on it a tick or two. Someone that will not be afraid to be told no and asked to defend their decision. Those are the characteristics that form a good Leader. At least, that’s always been my thinking.

Well, Since You Asked Me: He Walked On Ice But Never Fell – Part 2/6 (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Key Take-Away from Coates:  Yet despite this entrenched racial resentment, and in the face of complete resistance by congressional Republicans, overtly launched from the moment Obama arrived in the White House, the president accomplished major feats. He remade the nation’s health-care system. He revitalized a Justice Department that vigorously investigated police brutality and discrimination, and he began dismantling the private-prison system for federal inmates. Obama nominated the first Latina justice to the Supreme Court, gave presidential support to marriage equality, and ended the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, thus honoring the civil-rights tradition that had inspired him. And if his very existence inflamed America’s racist conscience, it also expanded the country’s anti-racist imagination. Millions of young people now know their only president to have been an African American. Writing for The New Yorker, Jelani Cobb once noted that “until there was a black Presidency it was impossible to conceive of the limitations of one.” This is just as true of the possibilities. In 2014, the Obama administration committed itself to reversing the War on Drugs through the power of presidential commutation. The administration said that it could commute the sentences of as many as 10,000 prisoners. As of November, the president had commuted only 944 sentences. By any measure, Obama’s effort fell woefully short, except for this small one: the measure of almost every other modern president who preceded him. Obama’s 944 commutations are the most in nearly a century—and more than the past 11 presidents’ combined.Obama was born into a country where laws barring his very conception—let alone his ascendancy to the presidency—had long stood in force. A black president would always be a contradiction for a government that, throughout most of its history, had oppressed black people. The attempt to resolve this contradiction through Obama—a black man with deep roots in the white world—was remarkable. The price it exacted, incredible. The world it gave way to, unthinkable.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Crime Is Worse Than The Cover-up (Brian Beutler)

Key Take-Away: It’s sad to see how far The Republican Party has gone to aid This Administration in its Cover-up. I suspect they understand that in many ways, their party has been exposed for what it is. You simply can’t wallow in the filth and mud, and shady shit that the Republican Party has done since Nixon and hope that it doesn’t see the light of day.

The Win At Any Cost Philosophy that has engulfed The Republican Party is now eating it from inside out. And unfortunately, they don’t seem to have Statesmen that can say not on my watch.

I suspect that this will be the last time they control ALL levers of the Government for at least a Generation. I suspect that the realization has set in that for all intents and purposes the Republican Party is void of Ideas, of Diversity of Thought and Diversity of People. It’s very difficult to be a functioning National Party under those conditions. I suspect we’re going to see further erosion of the Party that will eventually splinter into multiple cells. And I can’t say that I’ll feel sorry for them, as they will deserve everything coming their way.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Why Not R. Kelly? (Jim DeRogatis)

Key Take-Away from DeRogatis:  Ultimately, though, I believe that there’s one reason above all others that Kelly isn’t facing the same scrutiny as other men in the rogues’ gallery of the moment. It’s one that Karen Attiah, the global-opinions editor of the Washington Post, expressed in a video op-ed, in July. “If even a fraction of the allegations against Kelly are true, his continued success hinges on the invisibility of black women and girls in America,” Attiah says. “As long as black women are seen to be a caste not worthy of care and protection, his actions will not receive widespread outcry . . . . The saga of Robert Kelly says more about America than it does about him.”

Well, Since You Asked Me: Obstruction of Justice (Zack Beauchamp)

Key Take-Away by Beauchamp:  Current DOJ policy is that sitting presidents cannot be indicted in criminal court as a matter of constitutional law. Some scholars dispute that; my colleague Dylan Matthews has an excellent overview of the debate. But the fact that an indictment is constitutionally dubious means that Rosenstein is unlikely to greenlight bringing charges.

An alternative would be Rosenstein issuing a report detailing evidence of Trump’s alleged crimes, a document lawmakers could use in any impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Impeachment is the clearest and most constitutionally straightforward punishment for crimes by a sitting president, and the one most likely to lead to Trump’s removal from office. This means that no matter how strong Mueller’s evidence is, Trump’s fate would most likely to be decided on Capitol Hill — in a profoundly political vote.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT’s Not In Charge (Jonathan Chait)

I had the same take-away as Chait. It was clear that The IDIOT has a thin grasp on the differences between the parties. It was also VERY clear that he has no idea of the pertinents regarding the Core Issues he campaigned on. Thus, Republicans have been able to take advantage of his stupidity and willingness to sign anything. He simply wants to sign something. He simply wants a perceived win. It’s simply all about the Optics.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Love Will Make You Do Wrong – Part 1/6 (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Key Take-Away: Much as the unbroken ranks of 43 white male presidents communicated that the highest office of government in the country—indeed, the most powerful political offices in the world—was off-limits to black individuals, the election of Barack Obama communicated that the prohibition had been lifted. It communicated much more. Before Obama triumphed in 2008, the most-famous depictions of black success tended to be entertainers or athletes. But Obama had shown that it was “possible to be smart and cool at the same damn time,” as Jesse Williams put it at the BET party. Moreover, he had not embarrassed his people with a string of scandals. Against the specter of black pathology, against the narrow images of welfare moms and deadbeat dads, his time in the White House had been an eight-year showcase of a healthy and successful black family spanning three generations, with two dogs to boot. In short, he became a symbol of black people’s everyday, extraordinary Americanness.

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Well, Since You Asked Me: Whitley’s World – A Brief History of Bad and Boujee Black Girl Style (Danielle Cadet)

Key Take-Away Outside of the Fashion Lens: I loved The Cosby Show and ALL it represented. I still believe that the lessons The Cosby Show taught resonate today. It’s a Standard. But growing up and going through the college matriculation experience at roughly the same time as the cast of A Different World felt special. I connected to those characters in a way that rarely happens today.

It was appointment viewing for me.

About a year ago, I logged into our Netflix Account. And looking for something to Binge Watch, I happened to see ADW listed. It took me about a month to get through the First Season, but I laughed and enjoyed it as if watching it for the first time. It’s one of those things that I planned to pick up in the New Year. So I’m disappointed that it’s no longer on Netflix. And I don’t think we have an Amazon Prime Account. Anyway, I’ll figure it out.

I was reminded of it when I watched Dear White People. There are some components that are reminiscent of ADW. I see more of it in BET’s The Quad, which I am anxiously awaiting the return of in Mid-January. Partly, because Anika Noni Rose is on my Boo List.

Regardless, A Different World feels like a different time. Or maybe it’s just me being nostalgic.

Well, Since You Asked Me: A Hard Test for Howard University (Jelani Cobb)

Key Take-Away from Jelani:  The protest and counterprotest reminded me yet again of the apparent paradox at the heart of H.B.C.U.s, where pragmatists are in the business of producingnew generations of fierce idealists. Ralph Ellison’s Bledsoe delighted in the idea that he might alchemize power from deference. Booker T. Washington denounced racial equality to powerful segregationists, but he also secretly funded efforts to defend black civil rights. Howard’s militancy has been underwritten by its compromises.

One afternoon, when I spoke to Frederick by phone, he told me about a student who had harshly criticized his decision to attend the White House meeting, but later came to his office seeking financial assistance to pay for his final year. To Frederick’s mind, the connection between his trip to the White House and his ability to aid the student was obvious. To his critics, such connections either are opaque or come at a cost that betrays the school’s founding mission. “People think we’re doing God’s work, on God’s time, with God’s money,” Frederick said. “The problem is, we don’t have access to the latter two.”

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Is Fredo! (David Frum)

Key Take-Away from Frum:  However crazy Trump may be, in one way he is indeed the “very stable genius” he claims to be: Trump understands how to mobilize hatred and resentment to his own advantage and profit. He has risen higher than Joe McCarthy or Charles Lindbergh or Theodore Bilbo—and he has lasted already nearly a full year in office, holding the approval of one-third of the country, more than sufficient to keep him there for a full term.Michael Wolff has done a crucial service, showing more intimately than any reporter yet the true nature of the man at the center of the American system. But without the complicity of other power-holders, Trump would drop from his central position like a tooth from a rotten gum. What we need to do now is widen the camera angle beyond Fredo Trump to the hard-faced men and women over his shoulders. Those are the people who put Trump where he is, and keep him there, corrupting the institutions of American democracy and troubling the peace and security of the world.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Rape of Recy Taylor (Soraya Nadia McDonald)

Key Take-Away from McDonald:  The way these stories were silenced reinforces a social hierarchy that contends black women should be grateful for attention from white men, even if it’s unsolicited or unwanted. Worse, it tells the world that black women and the assaults on us simply don’t matter. Ignoring this area of history has enormously harmful consequences, feeding into how we process accusations of sexual assault from black women today.

The rape of Recy Taylor and so many other unnamed, unrecognized and unheard black women reminds me of Cooper’s words from 1892: “Only the black woman can say ‘when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole … race enters with me.’ ”

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT’s Secret, Shrinking Schedule (Jonathan Swan)

Key Take-Away: Jon Swan has some great sources. I suspect they are trying to bring this thing in for a soft landing as his mental fitness seems to be deteriorating rapidly. I’d anticipate less time away from The White House. And as has always been the case, when The IDIOT travels, it’s usually to a familiar location. This charade will not last past the Summer, IMO.

Well, Since You Asked Me: The IDIOT Can’t Read (Joe Scarborough)

I am apparently not the only one who has questioned the president’s ability to focus on the written word. “Trump didn’t read,” Wolff writes. “He didn’t really even skim. If it was print, it might as well not exist. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semiliterate. Others concluded that he didn’t read because he didn’t have to . . . He was postliterate — total television.” But “Fire and Fury” reveals that White House staff and Cabinet members believed Trump’s intellectual challenges went well beyond having a limited reading list: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called him an “idiot,” Cohn dismissed him as “dumb,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster considered him a “dope,” and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson infamously concluded that the commander in chief was a “moron.”

We are a nation that spent the past 100 years inventing the modern age, winning World War I, defeating Hitler and winning World War II, and liberating half of Europe by beating the Soviets in the Cold War. But today we find ourselves dangerously adrift at home and disconnected from the allies abroad that made so many of those triumphs possible. The world wonders how the United States will survive Donald Trump. And I ask, what will finally move Republicans to deliver a non-negotiable ultimatum to this unstable president? Will they dare place their country’s interests above their own political fears? Or will they move to end this American tragedy only when there is nothing left to lose?

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Great White Celebrity Vacuum (Anne Helen Peterson)

Key Take-Away:A celebrity does not have to be explicitly political to become a massive celebrity. But her image must subtly suggest a solution — or, at the very least, provide a salve — to the tensions in a societal moment. And in this moment, the vast majority of white women, regardless of their personal political persuasions, serve as inflammations.

The dominance of female celebrities have always, in some way, been a testament to the endurance of white supremacy. The election of Obama and the so-called “browning” of America created an anxiety that some assuaged by voting for a different kind of celebrity who promised to reverse it. For many, the lived reality of that decision is too much to bear — and certainly too much to be reminded of while consuming entertainment.

There might be a white female celebrity around the corner, just waiting to make people feel better about white women in America today. Taylor Swift might heal the world, but I doubt it: This might not be the moment when whiteness ceases to rule the celebrity industrial complex, but it could be the rupture that shows that it doesn’t have to.

Well, Since You Asked Me: We Need To Talk About The Lack Of Diversity On Political Shows

Key Take-Away: We spend a lot of time castigating the Business world about their shortcomings. And rightly so. There are simply not enough POC in Leadership Positions at most Fortune 500 Companies. However, we are seeing more POC strike out to do their own thing. They’ve discovered a void and said Put Me In Coach to fill that niche. Bravo to those that have the Entrepreneurial Spirit to give it a go. We need more of you.

But in order for these folks to learn how a successful business operates, they need the experience that comes from sitting at the table. Seeing how decisions are being made. How mistakes are being recovered from. What can work, and what might need more incubation time.

It’s high time we do the same for the Network News shows that help shape our Worldviews. It’s time they Diversify their ranks. I shouldn’t have to wait for A.M. Joy on the weekend. I shouldn’t have to try to find Craig Melvin in the Midday. Now – I can turn to ESPN on Sunday Mornings and get my fill of Brown & Black. But M-F, appointment viewing only. This needs to stop, yesterday. Either they stop it or we simply stop watching. 

And to the BET’s and TV-One’s and OWNs, I love what you’re doing. I love the quality Programming that you are providing to your target demos. But to say that there is no place/budget for a person like Roland Martin or Ed Gordon or Mark Lamont Hill or Melissa Harris-Perry or Soledad O’Brien. Seriously? Sometimes, you need to take an L on one show because it’s for the Greater Good, no? Everything can’t be about ratings. 

January Broadsides Week #1-2018: January 1 – January 6, 2018

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Well, Since You Asked Me: Let’s Talk Civics

Key Take-Away:  It was announced this week that The IDIOT appointed new U.S. Attorney’s. One of which was appointed to Preet Bharara’s former job as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. This person happened to be the partner in a law firm with Rudy Giulani. This has caused a few of you some concern.
Let me be clear. It shouldn’t.

I do NOT expect that SDNY will play a major role in the State Investigations. They can opt to bring Federal Charges, if they wish, but the Federal Portion of this case is being handled by Robert Mueller and his Team. They are taking the Lead on the Federal Portion. And Mueller has his own Investigators and Lawyers.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion caused this week.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Michael Wolff Did What Every Other White House Reporter Is Too Cowardly To Do (Drew Magary)

Key Take-Away:  The degree that other journalists are Butt-hurt by the Michael Wolff’s book is hilarious.

They are spending their air time taking shots at him, nitpicking over this or that, saying I reported x, y or z. So what? It’s obvious no one read your work or it didn’t make the dent you thought it did.

Give the man credit – he scooped your asses and you sat on these stories or reported them in a manner that didn’t get clicks.

Get over your damn selves and do a better job and up your game.

Do your damn jobs!

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Well, Since You Asked Me: Follow The Money (Timothy O’Brien)

Key Take-Away:  Little of those latter observations ring true. Bannon may be a crackpot, but he certainly had the president’s ear during the campaign’s home stretch and in the early, shambolic months of the Trump administration last year. And as my Bloomberg News colleague Joshua Green detailed long before others caught on, Bannon is a media savvy operative who understands in his own peculiar way what makes some people tick. So Trump won’t find it easy to dismiss what Bannon has said with a few broadsides.

Bannon knows that Donald Jr. and Kushner are potential liabilities for the president, especially in the context of a sophisticated money-laundering probe. And he also knows how ill-equipped the White House is to contend with the legal hurdles and financial inquiries that lie ahead of it. He knows all of this, even if he has lost his mind. That’s why the president wants to shut him up and shut him down.

Well, Since You Asked Me: You Can’t Make This Shit Up! (Michael Wolff)

Donald Trump’s small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none of them, by any right or logic, thought they would — or, in many cases, should — have, being part of a Trump presidency. Hoping for the best, with their personal futures as well as the country’s future depending on it, my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.

At Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends.

Happy first anniversary of the Trump administration.

Well, Since You Asked Me: 7 Nuggets From Fire & Fury by Michael Wolff (Matthew Nussbaum/Louis Nelson)

Key Take-Away: Over the next couple of weeks, we will spend countless hours pouring through The IDIOT and Les Miserables. At times, we are going to find ourselves shocked by what we read. Upset that we could have allowed such to occur. And Angry with those that knew/know better and their total disregard for anything that doesn’t benefit them personally. Those will all be normal and expected reactions.

Over the coming months, we will be left to figure out what next. And who should remain, who should leave. There will be plenty of finger-pointing, hand-waving, and exiting Stage Left. But, at the end of all of it, we must find a way to get back to a functioning Bi-Partisan Government. Made up for and by the People of this Nation.

I have no illusions that this will be an easy task. It won’t be. There’s too much at stake. And too many entities have been sucking at the Government teet too long to willingly let it go.  So there will be some pain. No, there will be a LOT of pain. And maybe that’s what’s needed.

In some ways, I hate The IDIOT happened. In some ways, I’m glad The IDIOT happened. There is obviously rot at the foundation of this Nation that needs to be rooted out and stamped out. There are common sense provisions we now realize must be enacted or adhered to. We must demand that NEVER AGAIN will we find ourselves here. It’s going to take a lot of time and a lot of work. It will be our job to elect qualified leaders to do said work.

I have all the faith in the world that we are up to the challenge.

Well, Since You Asked Me: What The Hell Is Wrong With You?

Key Take-Away: Focus on getting the 65% energized. Fired up and Ready to go. If they’re like you, it shouldn’t be that hard. They are mad as Hell. And they are going to show up at the Polls during the Mid-terms. They are the Democrats. The Independents. The Former Republicans turned Independents. The Moderate Republicans that want a divided government with Checks & Balances. That’s the 65% you focus on.

To your family and friends that still support The IDIOT, say God Bless and Keep it Moving.

Here’s another thing, this is a little crass, but true.

EVERY day a young person turns 18. Chances are they are going to vote Democrat, if they vote. And EVERY day an older person is going to transition, especially those in 45 Country. Chances are they voted Republican. EVERY day a POC will turn 18. Chances are they are going to vote Democrat, if they vote. Hopefully, you get my point.

Some of you, need to stop trying to convert folks that don’t want to be converted. It’s a HELL of a lot easier to go find someone that didn’t vote in the last election, get them registered, get them engaged and get them advocating. It’ll make you feel 10x better about yourself. And it will give you another person fighting and advocating and converting with you. It’s really simple math.

Well, Since You Asked Me: December Broadside Recap Report Week #2

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Well, Since You Asked Me: The Man Who Would Be President Shook My Hand!

Key Take-Away: One never knows what life has in store for you or how a chain of events will lead to other events occurring. After the December 2007 Dirty Santa Gift Exchange, I learned some valuable lessons. 1. Keep Politics to a minimum at your job, especially if you’re new. 2. Everyone can’t see the Change coming, partly because they don’t want to see it,  3. Don’t be afraid to be you. You don’t have to offend, but you damn sure don’t have to appease either. Know Your Worth. Trust that you can do the job better than anyone else. And believe in you!

After Obama won the Iowa Caucus and the South Carolina Primary, Dreams of My Father would become the best selling book in the U.S. And every one would be scrambling to claim a copy. 

Occasionally, I look at my Autographed Dirty Santa Gift Exchange Keeper and laugh. Sometimes when you know, you know!

Well, Since You Asked Me: Leave Some Footprints

Key Take-Away: We all have a part to play. We all have something to add to the dialogue. Some of you are so scared of not offending folks, whether that’s a lover, family, friend, colleague, that you’ve silenced yourself. You’ve allowed your voice to be muted. At a time when it’s needed.
Some of you are expert Social Media Lurkers. You take in all the information. You post Selfies and Pictures because they’re safe. But on the Big Items – you never comment. On the Large Issues – you never offer an opinion. At least not one that can be traced to you. So you keep it Vanilla. You keep it G-Rated. Just in case. You tell yourself it’s best to Never comment. To Never like. To Never dislike. To Never post. To Never own a position. To Never….Never….Never….Never….Never – Choose One.
You have your reasons, and they are your reasons. I respect that. My hope is that you’re not NEVERING IN ALL ASPECTS of your life. Sure would be a shame.
Make it matter, Beloveds. Leave Some Footprints.

Well, Since You Asked Me: A Self-Made Man (Rebecca Solnit)

The man in the white house sits, naked and obscene, a pustule of ego, in the harsh light, a man whose grasp exceeded his understanding, because his understanding was dulled by indulgence. He must know somewhere below the surface he skates on that he has destroyed his image, and like Dorian Gray before him, will be devoured by his own corrosion in due time too. One way or another this will kill him, though he may drag down millions with him. One way or another, he knows he has stepped off a cliff, pronounced himself king of the air, and is in freefall. Another dungheap awaits his landing; the dung is all his; when he plunges into it he will be, at last, a self-made man.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Netflix & Chill

Key Take-Away:  Maybe I’m being naive. There are times I wish life could be so simple. One wonders if maybe they are the ones that have it all figured out and we’re the fools. Who knows?

Then I check the weather and realize it’s cold here. It’s probably snowing there and in the teens. Then I realize, shit, it’s snowing here and in the teens.

I think about good ole Marvin, the horse that baby sat me for a week. Hope that he’s having fun. Living the life.

For a minute wondering who has it better. Then I realize that I am truly blessed and all things considered, life is great.

I am going to turn Longmire off now. Take the dogs outside. And slide in bed next to my bride. Hope not to wake her. I’ll thank God for blessing me with this day. And hope she blesses me with another.

Yeah, all things considered – life is great.

Goodnight FB Family. Be nice to someone tonight. You never know whose blessing you will be. I hope that today I or something I wrote was a blessing to you. If not, I’ll try to do better tomorrow.

Well, Since You Asked Me: So Yeah, This Needed To Happen!

Key Take-Away:  for the Democratic Leadership – GROW A DAMN SPINE! Republicans have given you a damn sledgehammer to use for the next generation. If you are too incompetent to use it, you need to exit stage left.

Identify candidates that can WIN in the target Districts. Kill the Litmus Tests for the “ideal” Democratic candidate. If they need your support, give it. If they are doing great at fundraising and canvassing without your support, offer to help in other ways. In short, help make sure they understand the core vision for what the Democratic Caucus wants to achieve. They may not agree with All the components. So what. Just win baby. Work the Regional deets out in Conference.

To Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 12th) – unless you have another candidate lined up that can win the seats of the Democratic Congressmen you’re eagerly looking to jettison, you need to keep your powder dry. Might not be popular, but I don’t care. RIGHT NOW! You have very little Legislative muscle to AFFECT change as the Minority Leader. You need to be strategic and stop trying to win the News Cycle. You look weak and you’re becoming the story. And I’m sure you know that already, but in case you forgot, that’s NEVER good.

Stop making Dems the face of Sexual Harassment. Demand the names of ALL the accused that used the Slush Fund be outed. If the majority of the accused are Democrats, do what you need to do. But so far, you have so fucked up the PR on this, I’m almost ready for you to retire, right now. But that’s the Emotional John.

The Mercenary John needs you to get us through 2020. Then you, Rep. Steney Hoyer (D-MD 5th) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC 6th) need to step down and retire. You are ALL in your late 70s and it is time for new Leadership. You can still fundraise as an out of office retired politician. Don’t know if anyone shared that with you or not, I’m just saying. See Joe Biden and Barack Obama for guidance.

So, yeah this needed to happen, since you asked me!

Well, Since You Asked Me: In The SEC, It Just Means More

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, winning an SEC Title for an SEC Team, means just as much as winning the Natty. It just does and folks have a difficult time grasping that concept. That’s your issue, not ours.

The belief in the SEC is that regardless of other Conferences playing 9 games. They don’t have to face the gauntlet of SEC Teams week in and week out. That matters over a season. See BAMA and Auburn this year as Exhibit A and B.

But even with the attrition they both suffered, the 3rd and 4th string guys are just as talented as the starters in the other Conferences. Those are facts.

So some of you pound your chest because you maybe beat an SEC Team during the season. I hate to break it to you. They don’t care as much as you do.

That game has zero factor on them winning the SEC East or West. Thus, it means next to nothing. On the other hand, those Teams circle that game on the calendar. Why? Because it is against an SEC team. And even if it was Mizzou, it would mean more to them than to Mizzou.

Here is the truth, I guarantee you UGA cares more about beating Vandy than it does about an opening game against Notre Dame .

The win against Notre Dame is nice and helps with National Perception because of the ND Brand. That’s the ONLY benefit that most SEC Teams see in playing those games. The belief is you win the State, you win the Division, you win the Conference. Everything else is Human Judgement.

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December Broadsides: December 3 – December 9, 2017 Broadsides Week #1-2017                       Broadside #1-2017:   About 45:  (208 Words)                       Publication Read More

Well, Since You Asked Me: November 2016 Election Reflections (Bill Moyers w/an assist from John Dunson)

Key Take-Away: So Let’s enjoy last week’s triumphs as a rebuff of 45 and his way of thinking. Let’s feel proud of the armies of the engaged that are fighting back every single day, in ways big and small. We can and must remain vigilant to contain the malignancy of This Administration.

Still, we cannot erase the fact that 45’s rampage has left our country deeply wounded. The America that we knew on November 7, 2016 is dead and gone. It’s now up to us to make it Great Again, without 45 and his ilk. I believe you can do it. We have to start loving on one another again. Looking for the Good in each other again. Stomping out hatred and intolerance, wherever we see it, on the spot.

I believe that we still have a few dark days ahead of us. This rot runs deep and will not go gingerly. It will require all of us to put some skin in the game. There can be no bystanders. You will need to choose a side. And then you will need to fight like hell to defend that side. I have faith that you are more than up to the task.

Well, Since You Asked Me: About 45

Key Take-Away:   So – here we sit. Some friendships gone. Some families destroyed. Others damaged beyond repair. With each day and action by The IDIOT proving how correct one side was. I suspect it’s going to be very hard for some to move past this. And I can’t say I’ll blame them.

Cause for some it was always personal.

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